Welcome to the Intercity Passenger Rail TRB AR010 Committee website!

In this website you will find information about committee events, members, as well as relevant intercity passenger rail research and resources.
Welcome to the Intercity Passenger Rail TRB AR010 Committee website!

Walter E. Washington Convention Center

1. Participate in our next TRB Workshop!

When: September 23, 2015

Where: Los Angeles

The purpose of this workshop is to share information concerning the efforts of others to improve the integration of public transit within a family of transit services and with other modes that could serve the needs of public transit riders for the first and last mile of their journeys. Recognizing that everyone’s time is valuable, we have intentionally kept the meeting to about four hours. In addition, the meeting will be broadcast live for those who want to access the meeting via video conference.

Please RSVP to me by September 14th to Eric Peterson (ecp7111950@gmail.com) and DJ Mitchell (DJ.Mitchell@bnsf.com). Seating at the MTA offices is limited to about 40 people. If you plan to participate by video conference, please tell Eric and DJ and they will send you the necessary IP addresses.

See the agenda of the workshop here.


2. Participate at the 2016 Annual Meeting! 

The call for papers for the 2016 Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting closed on August 1, 2015. Even if you did not have time to contribute to this call, we encourage you to attend and participate at the 2016 Annual Meeting.

If you are interested in contributing with papers, Committee AR010 Intercity Passenger Rail will soon publish the call for papers for the 2017 Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting. This committee seeks papers addressing the design, construction and planning of intercity passenger rail systems in North America and around the world.

Papers should offer insights into research, practical experience, and case studies pertaining to finance, operations, management, organization, and policy issues related to intercity passenger rail systems. Of particular interest will be those elements that have proven successful internationally that may be seen as having application to North America.

Subject Areas:

  • Design
  • Planning and Forecasting
  • Policy
  • Public Transportation
  • Rail

AR010 Call for Papers

Call Organizer: Genaro Mejia (genaro.mejia@arup.com)


3. See the Alternative Funding and Financing Mechanisms for Passenger and Freight Rail Projects Report!

TRB’s National Cooperative Rail Research Program (NCRRP) Report 1: Alternative Funding and Financing Mechanisms for Passenger and Freight Rail Projects identifies alternative funding and financing tools that can be used to realize passenger and freight rail project development, including capital investments, operations, and maintenance. The report summary is available online.


4. See the lattest Intercity Passenger Rail Newsletter!

The Intercity Rail Passenger Systems Update No. 23 can be accessed here: IRPS #23 Spring 2015.pdf


5. Thanks for your participation in AR010 sessions and meetings!

All annual meeting presentations can be accessed at: http://amonline.trb.org/

The Intercity Passenger Rail committee (AR010) organized nine sessions at the 2015 TRB Annual Meeting:

Conference Sessions:
Session 362, (SBS15-022) - Intercity Passenger Rail Transportation Research 
Monday, January 12, 2015
Genaro Mejia, Arup, presiding

Session 288, (SBS15-029) - Intercity and High Speed Rail Passenger Demand Forecasting 
Monday, January 12, 2015
Dominic Spaethling, HNTB Corporation, presiding

Poster Session:
Session 247, (SBP15-005) - Innovations in Intercity Passenger Rail 
Monday, January 12, 2015
David P. Simpson, David P. Simpson Consultants, LLC, presiding


Session 139, (SBW15-004): Passenger and Freight Corridor Segregation Within Urbanized Regions
Sunday, January 11, 2015
Workshop co-sponsored by the Commuter Rail Committee (AP070)

Eric Peterson, Transportation Policy Consultant, presiding

With demand growing and capacity constrained for both passenger – intercity and commuter -- and freight rail services, and increasing concern about moving hazardous cargo through congested urban areas, this workshop will explore the logistical, safety, financial, policy and practical aspects of segregating freight rail service from passenger rail service through and around urbanized regions as a means to expand capacity, improve speed and ensure the safety of rail operations.  

See the poster! 


Committee Meetings:
Session SBM15-005 - Intercity Passenger Rail Committee 
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
David P. Simpson, David P. Simpson Consultants, LLC, presiding

You may access the presentations of our speakers here:

Perl & Goetz - Getting up to speed: Assessing the usable knowledge from global HSR experience for the U.S.

Mitchell - Building the Virtual Automobile

Kiernan - The Northeast Maglev

Session SBM15-012 - Intercity Passenger Rail Rarch Subcommittee, AR010(3)
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Valerio Oricchio, T.Y. Lin International, presiding

Sesion SBM15-014 - Intercity Passenger Rail Intermodal Interface Subcommittee, AR010(1) 
Monday, January 12, 2015
Eric C. Peterson, Transportation Policy Consultant, presiding

Session SBM15-015 - Socioeconomic and Financial Aspects of Intercity Passenger Rail Subcommittee, AR010(2) 
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Dominic Spaethling, HNTB Corporation, presiding

AR010 Cosponsored Session:
Session SBS15-016 - Railway Capacity Research-Advancing the State of Knowledge 
Monday, January 12, 2015
David B. Clarke, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, presiding


Annual Meeting registrants receive complimentary use of TRB Annual Meeting Online, a collection of information resources from the 94th Annual Meeting. The Compendium of Papers will be available soon at the TRB website.


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